Our residents are one of our program’s greatest assets, and we have been fortunate to attract many outstanding individuals. In fact, our residents have been nominated for the “Little Apple” award for teaching excellence by the students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine each year. Since our program’s inception, we have had a total of nine students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine enroll in our med-peds program.
Hometown: Dearborn Heights, MI
College/Medical School: University of Michigan/Wayne State University SOM
Travels/Languages: I’m a lifelong midwesterner but love traveling whenever and wherever I have the chance — some of my favorite places to visit were Japan and Portugal.
Career Plans: Very much subject to change, but I’ve really enjoyed working with adolescent patients. I really appreciate getting to train in a highly academic atmosphere and I hope to keep working with other learners long term!
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: UPMC has such incredible categorical programs and so many opportunities to explore the full spectrum of Med Peds. I loved meeting the residents virtually during interview season and starting residency here has only confirmed what a supportive and welcoming program this is!
Hometown: Waco, TX/ Port Gibson, MS
College/Medical School: Tougaloo College / The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: I was attracted by the supportive program leadership. By the end of my interview, I felt like I would always be supported, no matter the situation, and that was a very important aspect of my decision-making process.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A museum curator with some pediatric and adult medicine on the side.
Walkout song: Good as Hell by Lizzo
Latest TV Binge/Favorite TV show: Latest TV Binge: I’m watching Criminal Minds for the ?? time — Favorite TV show: Law & Order: SVU
When you’re not at work, where can you be found? Target, I’m always at Target
Neighborhood: South Shore
Favorite coffee in Pittsburgh: Any free coffee!
Favorite sweets in Pittsburgh: Duck Donuts
Favorite place in Pittsburgh: My apartment, I’m an very extroverted introvert, and I thrive on my alone time to recharge
Hobbies: Watching teen rom-coms, baking, trying new restaurants, reading thriller novels, puppy cuddles are the best!
Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas
College/Medical School: University of Arkansas / The Ohio State College of Medicine
Travels/Languages: My favorite place I’ve been is Greece. I recently traveled to Mexico and went scuba diving for the first time!
Career Plans: I am interested in pursuing a career as a combined hospitalist.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: My partner and I couples matched and we found that UPMC was the ideal program for both of us. I was really impressed on the interview day by the energy of the facility members and how passionate they were about teaching. During the social hour, I enjoyed how friendly the residents were and knew UPMC was a place I would quickly make lasting friendships. Lastly, I was excited to have the opportunity to practice at prestigious institutions in both pediatrics and medicine.
Hobbies: Reading literary fiction, listening to podcasts, running and biking, attending flea markets, and collecting houseplants
Atif Towheed, DO, PhD
Hometown: New Delhi, India
College/Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi / University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh / TouroCOM, Middletown, New York
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: I felt most connected to UPMC Med-Peds because of the genuine and supportive environment, an energetic and dynamic program that truly demonstrated a deep investment in my learning and growth. Above all, I felt respected, welcomed, and part of a wonderful and intellectual group of members I now fondly call my Med-Peds family.
What do you want to do when you grow up? deciding between primary care vs cardiology vs mitochondrial medicine. Whatever I choose, my goal is to pursue academic medicine with a research component.
Walkout song: Where My Heart Will Take Me (by Russell Watson)
Latest TV binge/Favorite TV show: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mandalorian
When you’re not at work, where can you be found? At a park, a movie theatre, or in my car driving somewhere fun
Favorite coffee in Pittsburgh: Peet’s
Favorite sweets in Pittsburgh: Kona ice of Pittsburgh
Favorite place in Pittsburgh: I have a few – Phipps, Cathedral of Learning, Walnut Street, Schenley and Ohio Pyle Park.
Hobbies: cooking (big time!!), hiking, watching science fiction movies, and reading review articles on NPG
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
College/Medical School: University of Delaware, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Travels/Languages: I love road trips and have been to 48 US states (only missing Oregon and Alaska!)
Career Plans: I am currently undecided but enjoy seeing patients of all ages.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: I was attracted by the supportive program leadership, strong categorical programs and the prospect of living in an awesome and affordable city.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College/Medical School: Vassar College / University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Travels/Languages: Have 2 more continents to visit. Next stop…. East Asia!
Career Plans: Adult congenital cardiology, critical care medicine, adolescent medicine
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: As a medical student at Pitt, I felt so welcomed by the residents and faculty here, I knew it was the place to be! Cannot be incredible training in both pediatrics and internal medicine alongside such compassionate and knowledgeable humans.
Hometown: New York City
College/Medical School: Dartmouth College / Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Travels/Languages: Domestically (SF, DC, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans); Internationally (New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, Mexico). Would love to explore the rest of Polynesia!
Career Plans: Keeping an open mind!
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: Supportive leadership and caring residents (to patients and to each other). I did an away rotation and it felt like the residents genuinely enjoyed being friends with one another.
Hometown: Brookline, MA
College/Medical School: High Point University / University of Massachusetts Medical School
Travels/Languages: I’ve been all over! Highlights include a year trekking+farming+working for the Red Cross in Nepal, a summer working at a hospital in China, serving fancy coffee in Australia, a month scuba diving in Thailand, and more 😊 / I speak conversational Spanish
Career Plans: International Disaster Response and Primary Care
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: Too many to choose from – The impressive, motivated, energetic, and exciting people. Some of the best medicine and pediatrics hospitals in the country. A city with an expansive food scene and access to outdoor activities. All the reasons!
Anna Maria Coronata, MD
Hometown: Seattle, WA
College/Medical School: Wellesley College / Emory University SOM
Travels/Languages: Camping road trips across the US and visiting family and friends in Germany and Colombia, most recently!
Career Plans: Still in the works, but I would love to do a mix of primary care and hospitalist time in an underserved area, ideally with a formal role in medical education as well.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: For me, UPMC felt like an ideal mix of strong categorical programs, and a supportive, relaxed Med-Peds community. Equally important was program leadership who are deeply invested in DEI. The strong medical education at Pitt, with the opportunity to learn from lots of faculty who’ve done a clinical educator fellowship was a huge draw. Ultimately, it was the kind and supportive people! On day 1 in Pittsburgh, I was greeted with move-in help and a pandemic gift bag (aka toilet paper, disinfectant, and snacks) and knew I was in the right place.
Alison Doyle, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College/Medical School: University of Georgia/Georgetown University
Travels/Languages: India, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore
Career Plans: I enjoy working in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. I’m most likely going into primary care but have also contemplated becoming a hospitalist. I have a background in public health and advocating for community health issues and plan to continue exploring those interests.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: For the excellent med-peds continuity clinic experience at Turtle Creek and the commitment to service and advocacy among the med-peds residents here. Plus Pittsburgh is a lovely city to live in as a resident.
Jonathan Li, MD
Hometown: Delhi, NY
College/Medical School: Stony Brook University/Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Travels/Languages: Honduras, Panama, Spain, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea/English, Cantonese!
Career Plans: I am interested in clinical immunology, autoimmune disease, pulmonary disease, and environmental medicine. I hope to develop a career where I can engage healthcare at multiple levels including patient care, basic/translational research, public health/policy, advocacy, and medical education.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: I chose UPMC for the people and the supportive learning environment that cares about my personal, emotional, and professional development.
Talya Mandelkern, MD
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
College/Medical School: University of Connecticut/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Travels/Languages: I lived in Israel for a year! Most recent travel was a backpacking trip through Europe. Favorite city: Amsterdam and Prague. I speak Hebrew and some Spanish!
Career Plans: Still working on it! Right now, I’m thinking combined cardiology or hospitalist. I definitely want to be at an academic center and work with trainees.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: UPMC has the combination of an amazing medicine and pediatric training in a large academic medical center, a community-based MedPeds clinic, enthusiastic faculty, motivated residents, and a program that feels like family.
Vivek Ashok, MD
Hometown: Reston, VA
College/Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis/Rush Medical College
Travels/Languages: India, Egypt, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Canada, the UK, France, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Austria
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: So many reasons! The camraderie and close-knit family that the residents emanate. The med-peds presence and sheer number of opportunities for personal and professional development. The genuine investment into the surrounding Pittsburgh community. The emphasis on teaching, service, and advocacy. The amazing city of Pittsburgh – a seamless integration of metropolitan vibes with natural beauty.
Amanda Krauss, MD
Hometown: Manassas, VA
College/Medical School: University of Notre Dame/ Marshall University JCESOM
Travels/Languages: Ghana, Honduras, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland
Career Plans: My love of medicine came through a curiosity in cardiology. I think I want to pursue a cardiology fellowship, eventually working in either pediatric electrophysiology or adult congenital cardiology. I am also interested in academic medicine.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: UPMC truly feels like a family. Everyone in Med-Peds is kind and genuinely supports one another. Combining that family atmosphere with a world class academic institution and incredible teachers/faculty makes this a special place. I am ecstatic to train here as I embark on my professional career.
Laura Penny, MD
Hometown: Mohnton, PA
College/Medical School: Penn State University/ Penn State College of Medicine
Travels/Languages: Throughout the US including a semi Lake Michigan circle bike tour this past summer, Italy, China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. I speak Mandarin and some Spanish.
Career Plans: I would ideally like to see both pediatric and adult patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings as a generalist. I’m also interested in complex care and community health and wellness education.
Reasons for Choosing UPMC: The people! During my interview, I felt immediately at home, and was so excited to have the opportunity to work with such caring and driven colleagues.
Josiah Strawser, MD
Hometown: Millerstown, PA
College/Med School: Northeastern University/ Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Travel/Languages: My most recent travels for fun have included Cuba, Spain and Portugal! I have also had the opportunity to travel to several countries in East Africa, including Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda for medical work and research purposes during undergrad and medical school.
Career Plans: My career goal is to be a primary care physician who is proficient in culturally competent HIV and LGBTQ+ care for patients of all ages.
Reasons for choosing UPMC: The focus on clinical education and strength of training in both the medicine and pediatrics programs was a big draw here. And even more important than that was the intangible feeling of support and belonging I received from the residents and leadership in the program. Med-peds at UPMC is really special!
Class of 2022
Kathryn Connor, MD
Dedeepya Konuthula, MD
Margaret “Maggie” Shang, MD
Jeremy Winer, MD
Class of 2021
Melinda graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She served on the UPMC Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program Evaluation Committee where she participated in initiatives to institute feedback from residents and faculty to the program. Additionally, Melinda was a resident volunteer at the Birmingham Free Clinic, where she provided free health care services to the homeless and underserved population with the Pittsburgh area. Melinda accepted a faculty physician position at Lifespan Physician Group, Brown University.
Karla Duhaime, MD
Karla graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She served as Med-Peds chief resident during her senior year, and she was an exceptional champion of the residents and of the program. Karla’s current academic interests include medical education, specifically development of clinical reasoning. She accepted an academic physician position at Henry Ford Medicine Center.
Kathryn “Kate” Leyens, MD
Kate graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. In 2020 she received the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Kate served as the Med-Peds representative to the Internal Medicine House Staff Council, and she served as the Med-Peds Journal Club Co-Chairperson. Kate will pursue an Academic Clinician-Educator Scholars (ACES) Fellowship at UPMC.
Lauren Waterman, MD
Lauren graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Lauren served as the Co-Chairperson for Med-Peds Journal Club, and she served as a Med-Peds representative to the Internal Medicine House Staff Council. Lauren will pursue a Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition.
Class of 2020
Kristen graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana – Champaign. Prior to medical school, Kristen earned a PhD in history from the University of Illinois. Kristen researches and writes about medicine and public health in modern Europe and North America, with interests in the body, nutrition, and disability. She has leadership positions with the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society, #TeachingRounds, H-Nutrition, and the Body Studies Network of the German Studies Association. Kristen will stay on at UPMC as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She sees adults with complex care needs through the Progressive Evaluation and Referral Center (PERC) and sits on the taskforce for transition from pediatric to adult care. In 2020 Kristen was appointed Medical Director of the Progressive Evaluation and Referral Center (PERC) where she sees adult patients with complex care needs. Additionally, she sits on the taskforce for transition from pediatric to adult care.
Maren “Molly” Ketcham, MD
Molly graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. Molly was awarded the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Children’s Foundation Grant. She utilized the grant to promote the use of point of ultrasound in an underserved primary care clinic. The implementation of POCUS in a low resource community clinic improved patient decision making. Additionally, she designed a clinic-based POCUS curriculum, through simulated learning, delivered to all Med-Peds residents and faculty. Molly also designed a two year curriculum for Med-Peds preclinic conference. During her senior year she organized and lead Journal Club. Molly joined a private practice in the Washington DC area where she will put her med-peds training to good use.
Joseph Pechacek, MD
Joe graduated from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine awarded Joe the Little Apple Award for excellence in humanism and in teaching. Joe served as co-chair for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ACTION Internal Medicine Advocacy Group where he published several opinion editorials in local newspapers. His editorials provided a physician point of view on health policy topics. Joe will continue his training in infections disease at the NIH/NIAID in Washington, DC.
Jaime Tomko, MD
Jaime joined us from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Jaime served as Med-Peds chief resident during her senior year and proved to be an outstanding leader and advocate for the program. She also served on the Pediatric Residency Program Evaluation Committee and the Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Residency Program Evaluation Committee. Jaime was selected as a representative to the Internal Medicine Housestaff Council, and she was a member of the Internal Medicine POCUS Interest Group. Jaime is currently working as an academic hospitalist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of VAMC.
Class of 2019
Stephanie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During her senior year she served as our Med-Peds Journal Club czarina, coordinating the speakers and scheduling, and generally leading us with grace. For her scholarly project, she worked with Dr. Christina Imming in designing the curriculum for the care of children with complex care needs.
Stephanie has joined a private practice in Wilmington, NC, where she will be putting her med-peds training to good use while care for children and adults over the entire lifespan.
Gabrielle Langmann, MD
Gab graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Gab served as our Medicine-Pediatrics chief resident during her senior year, leading us as a stalwart champion for the program and med-peds residents, and advocate for the patients we serve at our continuity clinic site in Turtle Creek. Gab was involved in 3 different scholarly projects. She completed a study on inflammatory markers and frailty in long-term care residents with Dr. Susan Greenspan which resulted in a first author publication in in the American Journal of the Geriatrics Society. She has studied anxiety in pediatric patient receiving palliative care with Dr. Scott Mauer, and developed the curriculum for caring for children with complex neurologic disorder with Dr. Christina Imming. Gab completed a Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at UPMC, and then she worked as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Gab works as a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician at Kobacker House-Hospice at Riverside and Grant.
Catherine graduated from the University of Texas Houston. Catherine immediately put to use her strong medical school training when she joined our residency program. Over the past 4 years, she has completed a scholarly project called “A Diabetes Medical Home: A Comprehensive Method for Improved Outcomes,” mentored by Dr. Jason Ng. She has been involved in several other scholarly projects including developing a curriculum on transitional care with Dr. Dhar. After residency Catherine worked as primary care med-peds faculty at Duke University. Currently, she is a pediatrician in Oklahoma City, OK.
Rachel joined us from Vanderbilt University. Rachel’s scholarly project is called “Prevalence of and factors associated with early removal of Nexplanon in the primary care setting,” and was mentored by Dr. Esa Davis. Rachel has returned to Vanderbilt University as a med-peds physician-educator!
Class of 2018
Elizabeth Boggs, MD
“Boggs,” as she is fondly referred to, graduated from Case Western Reserve University before joining us for her Med-Peds Residency. She was a member of the CORE foundation and served as the Peds and Med-Peds Residency Programs’ Resident Representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a strong advocate for patients, families, and their communities, and won the 2018 PA AAP Pediatrics and Med-Peds Resident Advocacy Award for her tireless work. She is now a pediatric hospitalist fellow at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, AND rounds on the adult services at Northwestern University.
Rebecca Hartog, MD
Becca is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During her intern year she was award the Little Apple Award from the 3rd year medical students for her excellence in teaching. She is currently a pediatric cardiology fellow at the University of Michigan, and plans to pursue further training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease.
Alison Robins, MD
Alison is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. She served as our Med-Peds Journal Club czarina, organizing our monthly social hour + journal club discussion while helping to redesign the format. Alison pursued a fellowship in the infectious disease program at Baylor University and she currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
Madhav Vissa, MD
Madhav joined us from SUNY Downstate. He immediately jumped into a med-peds hematology research project that led to the publication “Venous thromboembolism in pediatric trauma patients: Ten-year experience and long-term follow-up in a tertiary care center” in the journal Pediatrics Blood and Cancer. His internal medicine senior talk was on the compassionate care of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease which won him the Best Senior Talk award. Madhav served as our med-peds chief resident during his fourth year. He completed a pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Oakland Children’s Hospital, and he is employed at UCSF Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Care.
Class of 2017
Matthew Hensley, MD, MPH
Matt is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Matt was actively engaged in research since early in his first year. Under the mentorship of neonatologist, Dr. Karin Potoka, Matt studied sCG activators in mouse modules of pulmonary hypertension related to sickle cell disease. Later he began working with UPMC Med-Peds graduate (Class of 2009) and Med-Peds Pulmonologist Dr. Keven Robinson in studying MRSA/Influenza pneumonia in the Alcorn lab, specifically looking at IL-28 and IL-33 expression. Matt served as our chief resident in his senior year. He completed a Pulmonology and Critical Care fellowship at the University of Michigan, and currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine with UPMC Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.
Christina Imming, MD
Christina is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. In collaboration with Dr. Stacey Cook Christina researched pediatrics complex care clinics in existence across the country, specifically their structure, their impact on health outcomes, and on their reimbursement models. They ultimately proposed the development of a complex care clinic. Under the leadership of Drs. Imming and Cook, the complex care clinic will launch in the summer of 2017; it will provide comprehensive and coordinated care for children with complex needs, and provide them with much needed guideline-based transitional care services. After completing residency, she worked as an academic hospitalist at UPMC Children’s Hospital. Currently Christina is employed as a pediatric hospitalist at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Carlos Pacheco, MD
Carlos is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. Carlos studied whether the Rothman Index at hospital admission has good predictive value for mortality (it does!). He pursued fellowship at UPMC in his Critical Care Medicine focusing on neuro-critical care. Currently, Carlos is an internist in Pittsburgh affiliated with AdventHealth in Orlando.
Nicholas Stygles, MD
Nick is a graduate of the University of Virginia. While in residency, Nick completed a systematic review and meta-analysis of palliative care intervention in patients with heart failure; it was pubslihed in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. He is currently working as a Med-Peds trained Hospitalist in New Mexico.
Class of 2016
Ryan Israelsen, MD
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine. Ryan participated in the GMEC Duty Hours and Learning Environment Committee during residency. Ryan completed his Allergy-Immunology Fellowship at the University of Colorado, and he joined the Allergy & Asthma Center of Southern Oregon in 2018.
Colleen Pater, MD
Colleen is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She enjoyed exploring Pittsburgh’s food scene. Her scholarly projects were a study of coping mechanisms in adolescents with congenital heart disease and a clinical effectiveness guideline in the use of N-acetylcysteine in acetaminophen overdose at CHP. She returned to Cincinnati to pursue a Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Currently, she is an acute care cardiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Elizabeth Rabold, MD
Elizabeth is a graduate of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Elizabeth is moving to Atlanta, GA to pursue her Preventive Medicine Fellowship and MPH at Emory University. She was deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to study Zika and provide physician outreach and education in the summer of 2017. She completed an epidemiology fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service), and she currently is employed as an internal medicine specialist at the CDC in Atlanta, GA.
Justin Yu, MD
Justin is a graduate from Temple University School of Medicine. During his fourth year of residency he served as our Chief Resident. Justin completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at UPMC, and he earned a Master of Science in the Clinical Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Currently Justin is a physician researcher with UPMC Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, and he was appointed PARC Assistant Director with Community Outreach and Collaboration.
Class of 2015
Patrick Dantzer, MD
Patrick is a graduate of the Wayne State University. Pat is an avid runner and finished 13th in the Pittsburgh Marathon his intern year. Patrick practices pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Glen Burnie.
Laura Hart, MD
Dr. Hart is employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She completed a primary care research fellowship and MPH degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is focused on the transition from pediatric to adult-oriented care, particularly in the primary care setting. At Nationwide Children’, Dr. Hart spends her clinical time at the sites of the med-peds residents’ continuity clinic. There she sees patients of all ages and supervises the med-peds residents.
Adam Kost, MD
Adam is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently working as a med-peds hospitalist in Chicago.
John Szymusiak, MD
John is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. John served as chief resident is 4th year of residency. Under his leadership we enjoyed two outstanding Med-Peds workshops (Women’s Health across the Age Span and Professionalism in Medicine). John completed our Med-Peds General Academic Fellowship earning his Masters of Science in Medical Education. His research interests include residency education and patient safety. He is now an academic med-peds hospitalist at UPMC Presby/Montefiore and at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.In 2020, John was appointed Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program.
Class of 2014
Marybeth (Concannon) Jones, MD
Marybeth is a graduate of Temple University. During her residency she was a member of Community-Oriented Resident Education (CORE) program through our Pediatrics residency. She completed a general academic pediatrics fellowship at the University of Rochester. She then joined the faculty at the University of Rochester working in their transitional care and med-peds clinics.
Anna Marie White-Lewarchik, MD
Anna is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Due to her scholarly work in medical school and residency, Pittsburgh’s first crisis nursery was opened. Anna won multiple teaching awards during her residency including the Little Apple Award, the Farkas Award for being the best intern teacher in the Department of Pediatrics, and the Internal Medicine Housestaff teaching award. In 2014, she was the MPPDA Tunnessen award. She has joined the general internal medicine faculty at UPMC and is also working in a local pediatric urgent care center. She is one of the faculty seeing patients in our Adult Down Syndrome Center. Throughout her time in Pittsburgh, she has been actively involved in street medicine through Operation Safety Net.
Ugonna Nwankwo, MD
Ugo is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. While in residency, Ugo studied sexual function in women with congenital heart disease under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Cook. He was also a collaborator on a pediatric cardiology educational project which one the best resident research award at the Annual UPMC/UPSOM GMEC Retreat. He completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2017 and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Emory University. He works as a pediatric cardiologist at SLUCare Physician Group in St. Louis, MO.
Annie (Chen) Pugh, MD
Annie is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. Annie became a huge Pirates baseball fan during her 4 years at Pitt. She is currently living in North Carolina with her husband and son, and working as a hospitalist.
Class of 2013
Katharyn (Freund) Lupo, MD
Katy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago medical school. She served as our chief resident her senior year. Katy is an internist affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.
Kimberly Harris, MD
Kim is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her interests during residency included skiing and running. In July 2016, she completed Gastroenterology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Kim contributed to various publications and presentations focused on gastroenterology, hepatology and pediatrics. Currently, she practices at North Shore Gastroenterology in Ohio.
Alexandra Mieczkowski, MD, MS
Alex is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Alex earned her Masters of Science in Medical Education in 2015. Her scholarly interests are in resident autonomy and resident financial literacy. Alex became the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Associate Program Director in 2016, and in 2020 she was appointed Program Director.
Elizabeth Snapinn, MD
Liz is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Liz is passionate about caring for patients who are traditionally underserved and often worked at the Birmingham Free Clinic in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Liz now lives and works in Seattle, WA as a Med-Peds generalist in private practice.
Class of 2012
William C. Anderson, MD
Bill is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. During his fourth year of residency, he served as Med-Peds Chief Resident. Bill completed his Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the University of Colorado/National Jewish Health. His interests include asthma along with seasonal and food allergies. Currently, Bill is an Associate Program Director, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado, Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic.
Michelle is a graduate of SUNY Albany. Michelle is renowned in our program for the delicious baked treats she creates with her family during the holiday season, and which she graciously shares with the program during our annual Med-Peds holiday party. In June 2014, she completed her Med-Peds Palliative Care fellowship at UPMC. She is practicing adult and pediatric palliative care at Penn State Hershey, and she is an Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Head, Section of Palliative Care, Division of Complex Care; Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine.
Emily Kowalik, MD
Emily is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Medical School. Her interests during residency included skiing out west, hiking, and going on a medical mission trip to Kenya. She worked in the emergency rooms and on the sedation teams at both the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Akron Children’s Hospital following residency. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and daughter, completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, and is currently a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Megan Murphree, MD
Megan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. During her fourth year of residency she served as the resident coordinator of the Med-Peds Journal Club. In her first few years after graduating from our program, she worked as part of our General Emergency Pediatrician Group in the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and as a faculty preceptor at the UPMC Med-Peds clinic. She currently lives in Kenya with her family.
Class of 2011
Alison (Bonow) Galdys, MD
Alison is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. During her 4th year of residency she served as chief resident. Alison’s interests include virology and strategies for vaccine development. She completed an infectious disease fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, serving as its chief fellow in 2012-2013. Now, she is an Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Dorothy Fink, MD
Dorothy is graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. During her time in Pittsburgh, she thoroughly embraced the opportunity to work with people of all ages. She was part of the CORE (Community Oriented Resident Education) program through the pediatric core residency program and worked actively on community advocacy of children of all backgrounds. Dorothy completed a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. During her fellowship, Dr. Fink was selected as a Women’s Health Scholar and worked at the Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics, including thromboembolic disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Now, she is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health and Director of the Office on Women’s Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Andrew McCormick, MD, FAAP
Andy is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During his fourth year, he served as the resident coordinator of the Med-Peds Journal Club. Andy was awarded the highest teaching award of the pediatric residency program, the A. Vincent Londino Teaching Award, in addition to the prestigious Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service award for his patient care in pediatrics. He is currently a member of the Paul C Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and works in the pediatric Down Syndrome Center. He is actively involved in improving the transitional care process in pediatrics and is director of the Healthy Transitions Program for the Down Syndrome Center. He is also the medical director of the Vascular Anomalies Center of Pittsburgh.
Laura Simon, MD, FAAP
Laura is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School. Laura’s interests include hospital medicine and transitional care. She is currently working as a pediatric hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is currently an attending Physician with the Division of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Class of 2010
Thomas Conlon, MD
Thomas is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During his third year of residency, he won the Ann E. Thompson Award for his work in the prenatal intensive care unit. He completed his Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is currently an Assistant Professor at CHOP with a research focus on point-of-care ultrasound education and program implementation. With his wife Laure, he has three lovely children who become every-so-slightly less lovely as bedtime approaches.
Lynn Malec, MD
Lynn is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. During her third year of residency, she was extremely involved in coordinating the Med-Peds Noon Conference Series. During her fourth year, she won the Mark A. Sperling Resident Scholarly Project Award for research on modeling the cost-effectiveness of imaging modalities for intracranial hemorrhage in patients with hemophilia. In the 2010-2011 academic year, Lynn served as a pediatric chief resident at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Lynn completed a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in June 2014. She currently works as a Med-Peds Hematologist-Oncologist focusing on hemophilia and bleeding disorders in patients of all ages, and hemostasis and thrombosis in children at the Milwaukee Hospital-Children’s Wisconsin.
Daniel McFarlane, MD
Dan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is interested in medical education and was able to take the medical education elective offered through the internal medicine residency program. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Med-Peds Hospitalist at the Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is the director the Med-Peds Residency curriculum committee and runs their mentoring program. Dan went on to develop a Clinician Educator Fellowship at Ohio State, for which he serves as the Fellowship Director.
Simi Padival, MD
Simi is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She served as our med-peds chief resident in 2009–2010. She spent the following year working as the junior program director of medical education at Teine Keijinkai Hospital in Sapporo, Japan where she helped sustain an American style curriculum for medical residents and students. Simi then went on to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA for her infectious disease fellowship. Since completing her training in 2013, Simi has become faculty within the ID Division of BIDMC with a clinical interest in HIV and viral hepatitis. She also maintains a clinic at Fenway Health in Boston, a community health center with a focus in LGBT health.
Class of 2009
Robert Elder, MD
Rob is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is interested in transitional care of patients with congenital heart disease and was instrumental in helping design the transitional care elective offered through our residency program. Rob was awarded the highest teaching award of the pediatric residency program, the Aldo Vincent Londino Teaching Award, in 2009. He completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of New York of Columbia University and his advanced training in adult congenital heart disease at Emory University. In July 2013 he joined the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and now is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Internal Medicine (Cardiology); Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program; Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology.
Sophia Jan, MD, MPH
Sophie is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She earned her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She served as the chief resident of the UPMC med-peds program. During residency, she traveled and worked in Malawi for a month. Sophie completed a fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied, and continues to study, quality-of-care outcomes for young adults with childhood-acquired chronic conditions. . For the next 8 years she worked at the University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she worked as part of the complex care service at CHOP, is Medical Director of CHOP’s Adult Transition Clinical Service, and Assistant Program Director of their Med-Peds residency. In 2017 she was recruited to be the General Pediatrics Division Director at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, NY, where she will be running a pediatric Medicaid program for kids with complex care needs in Queens and Long Island.
Frank Lin, MD
Frank is a graduate of the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University. He won the Susan K. Makoroff Award, which is presented to the resident who embodies good patient care, as voted by the children’s hospital social workers and nurses. In 2009–2010, Frank worked for the Indian Health Service at Fort Defiance. He completed his pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital and now is an Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine.
Keven Robinson, MD
Keven is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College. Her interests includes the care of children and adults with pulmonary conditions. During her residency, she completed a rotation at Chinle in the Navajo Indian Health Service. In June 2014, Keven completed her med-peds pulmonology-critical care medicine fellowship at UPMC and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Fellowship Director for Scholarly Activity, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Keven cares for patients with CF and rounds on the lung transplant service. She is funded to conduct research in the immunology of acute respiratory infections.
Class of 2008
Eric Gardner, MD
Eric is a graduate of Ohio State University School of Medicine. Eric currently lives in Pittsburgh, where he works as a hospitalist at UPMC Shadyside. In 2013, he completed the Marshall W. Webster Physician Leadership program through UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. He earned his MBA at the Katz School of Business. Eric is currently working as a hospitalist physician at Allegheny Health Network.
Eileen Murtagh Kurowski, MD
Eileen is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She served as the chief resident of the UPMC med-peds program. She completed her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Medicine Program and has stayed on as faculty.
Amy Patel, MD
Amy is a graduate of the University of Vermont School of Medicine. During residency, she traveled and worked in Malawi for a month. She is currently working as the medical director of Phillips Academy (a boarding high school) and describes it as the perfect med-peds job – it combines her passion for and experience in operations, quality, and patient education/engagement. Amy is living in Andover, MA with her family.
Jonathan Weinkle, MD
Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During his residency training, he actively pursued his interests in transitional care for children and adults with special needs and in environmental medicine. Currently, he works as a med-peds clinician at the Squirrel Hill Health Center, which is a federally qualified health center. Jonathan serves as medical advisor at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, where he is involved with an initiative called Closure: Changing Expectations at End-of-Life. He also serves as the medical director of Chatham University Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Class of 2007
Amarpreet Bains, MD
Amp is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. During his residency, he demonstrated interest in hospital medicine and gastrointestinal diseases. He is currently a practicing med-peds academic hospitalist at NYU Medical Center’s Lutheran Campus in Brooklyn, NY, where he also serves as the medical director of their inpatient units.
Laura Gorham, MD
Laura is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After residency, she spent 3 years at The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, where she served as the director of the Functional Feeding Program and worked with children with special needs. During that time, Laura completed her training in acupuncture and is now a certified physician acupuncturist. She currently works at the UPMC Shadyside Urgent Care Center. Laura’s interests include complementary and alternative medicine, nutrition, and international health.
Joshua Labrin, MD
Joshua is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He served as our med-peds chief resident in 2006–2007. During his chief year, Josh greatly expanded our med-peds website to streamline many of the administrative aspects of our program for the residents. Joshua is interested in academic hospital medicine and completed a hospitalist medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and hospitalist at the University of Utah Hospital.
Erin Nagrant, MD
Erin is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is currently working as a hospitalist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Class of 2006
Fadeke Akanbi, MD
Fadeke is a 2002 graduate of Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where she was a member of the medical scholars program. She works as a hospitalist at UPMC Presbyterian.
Kimberly Chapman, MD, PhD
Kim completed the MD/PhD program in 2002 at the University of Nebraska, where she studied biochemistry and medical genetics. Her scholarly work as a resident examined alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorders. Kim completed a clinical genetics fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is board-certified in medicine, pediatrics, clinical genetics, and clinical biochemical genetics. She currently works as an assistant professor in the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine. She sits on the European Inherited Metabolic Disorders (EIMD) working group for diagnosis and treatment of the organic acidemias, methylmalonic acidemia and propionic acidemia. Kim studies the secondary energy deficiencies in propionic acidemia.
Lynne Williams, MD, PhD
Lynne is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She also obtained a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Lynne served as our med-peds chief resident during her fourth year and was twice nominated for the Little Apple Teaching Award by the School of Medicine. She has a strong interest in international health and made medical trips to Guatemala and Kenya during her residency. Lynne practices primary care at Hilltop Community Health, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. Lynne also serves as the Executive Director of the Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to promote primary care in underserved populations. She is a co-founder of Pittsburgh’s first crisis nursery (Jeremiah’s Place).
Class of 2005
John Crankshaw, MD
John is a 2001 graduate of the Ohio State University School of Medicine. He is practicing primary care med-peds in Urbana, Ohio. John has become quite involved with Electronic Health Records at the local level, as well as the state level. John is a member of the OHIP Health Information Exchange committee which has been instrumental in developing a state wide Health Information Exchange for Ohio. John was recognized by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for his leadership in the nationwide transition toward electronic health records.
Helena McKinney-Bozorg, MD
Helena is a 2001 graduate of Marshall University in West Virginia. Helena was a Little Apple Teaching Award nominee during her residency. She is practicing hospital medicine in St. Petersburgh, Florida. In June 2013, she became medical director of her medical group, JSA Healthcare.
Chad Shaffer, MD
Chad is a 2001 graduate of the Penn State University School of Medicine, where he was an AOA member. He served as our chief resident during his fourth year of residency and was nominated for the Little Apple Teaching Award by the University of Pittsburgh medical students. Chad is currently practicing primary care med-peds in his hometown of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Class of 2004
Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, MS
Alda Maria Gonzaga became program director of the UPMC Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Training Program in 2008 to 2019. She received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she was selected to participate in the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellowship to further her work with children with disabilities. After residency, Alda completed a fellowship in general internal medicine, with a focus on women’s health and medical education. She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, and she directs a transitional care clinic for adolescents and adult patients with pediatric onset medical conditions at UPMC Montefiore. She is actively involved in increasing the diversity of the physician workforce both at the local and national level. In 2012, she was inducted in the University of Pittsburgh’s Academy of Master Educators. She was appointed Associate Dean for Student Affairs in 2019 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Gena Walker, MD
Gena is a 2000 graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. She served as med-peds chief resident during her fourth year. She has accepted a position as a med-peds hospitalist at Carolinas Hospital in Charlotte, NC.
Class of 2003
Patrick Fitzgerald, MD
Patrick graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1999. He is currently practicing primary care med-peds outside of Milwaukee, WI. In addition to running the practice, he also serves as a community preceptor for the Medical College of Wisconsin Med-Peds residents.
Dhinesh Samuel, MD
Dhinesh is a 1999 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is practicing primary care in Butler County, Pennsylvania.
Manbir Singh, MD
Manbir is a 1999 graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Manbir was the first med-peds chief resident in our program. He is currently practicing primary care pediatric and adolescent medicine at Bay Shore Pediatrics in Maryland along with two of his pediatric residency classmates!
Jay Stevens, MD
Jay is a 1999 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is currently practicing primary care in Franklin, Pennsylvania.
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