Internal Medicine Residency

University of Pittsburgh

Faculty

Program Director

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Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, MS

Program Director, UPMC Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Training Program






Dr. Gonzaga received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she was the recipient of the distinguished Schweitzer Fellowship for her work with children with disabilities. In Pittsburgh, she completed her residency training in combined internal medicine and pediatrics in 2004 and completed a fellowship in general internal medicine, with a focus on women's health and medical education, in 2006. Dr. Gonzaga is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, and is the director of transitional care clinic for adult patients with disabilities at UPMC Montefiore. She is actively involved in resident education in both the outpatient and inpatient.

Dr. Gonzaga was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Med-Peds Program Directors Association, and will be serving her tenure from July 2012 – June 2016. She was elected to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Academy of Master Educators in July 2012. She was appointed as an Advisory Dean to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in November 2015.

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Alexandra Mieczkowski, MD, MS

Associate Program Director







Dr. Mieczkowski is a 2013 graduate of the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program. She completed her general academic fellowship in Med-Peds earning her Masters of Science in Medical Education in 2015. Her scholarly work focuses in the area of resident autonomy and resident financial literacy. She has coordinated our Med-Peds Journal Club since 2014. Dr. Mieczkowski became associate program in 2016, and in that role coordinates our med-peds ambulatory and continuity clinic experiences.

Med-Peds Faculty

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Reed Van Deusen, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics








Dr. Van Deusen received his MD from the University of Cincinnati. In 2006, he completed his med-peds residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was the winner of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2008, he completed a med-peds fellowship at UPMC. This fellowship was through the Clinician Educator Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an MS in medical education. Dr. Van Deusen is primarily interested in doctor-patient communication and resident ambulatory education. Dr. Van Deusen was inducted into the Academy of Master Educators in 2015. Dr. Van Deusen served as the associate program director between 2009-2016. He continues to serve as a clinical preceptor at the Med-Peds Continuity Clinic and coordinates the transitional care curriculum for the program.

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Natalia Morone, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine







Dr. Morone completed her med-peds residency training at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997. She practiced med-peds in a community clinic and then in an emergency department in rural Colorado for 5 years before pursuing her combined med-peds fellowship at UPMC. Dr. Morone's research focuses on complementary medicine and the effects of mindfulness meditation on chronic pain in older adults. Dr. Morone is co-director of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program, a career development fellowship for underrepresented minority physician and scientists interested in a career in clinical or translational research. She serves as a clinical preceptor for our med-peds residents in continuity clinic.

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John Szymusiak, MD

Instructor of Medicine and Pediatrics








Dr. Szymusiak is a 2014 graduate of the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program. He is completing his general academic fellowship at Masters of Science in Medical Education at UPMC. His scholarly work focuses on patient safety and medical error reporting. He is a preceptor at our combined med-peds continuity clinic.

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Andy McCormick, MD









Dr. McCormick is a 2011 graduate of the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program. He works as a hospitalist as part of the Paul C Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has joined the Pediatric Down Syndrome Center as one of its physicians 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.

Tony Tarchichi, MD


Dr. Tarchichi received his MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School). In 2011 he completed his combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School during which he served as Med-Peds Chief Resident and subsequently completed a year as Pediatric Chief Resident. He was the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award in medical school and residency. After residency he practiced as a Med-Peds hospitalist, Pediatric ER attending and outpatient physician at Chilton Hospital in northwestern NJ. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2013 and joined the Paul C Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as a Pediatric Hospitalist. He also serves as one the advisors for our residents.

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Anna Lewarchik, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine






Dr. Lewarchik graduated from the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program in 2014. She has appointments in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Children’s Community Care Practice. She is passionate about medical student teaching and serving underserved patients through Operation Safety Net (a street medicine program) and Jeremiah’s Place (Pittsburgh’s first crisis nursery). She serves as one of our attendings on the Shadyside inpatient medical wards.

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Sanjay Lambore, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics







A graduate of JNM Medical College in Raipur, India, Dr. Lambore completed his residency in pathology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1997. He completed his residency in pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2000. His research focuses on sudden cardiac death in adolescent athletes. He currently is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics of the Department of Pediatrics. He has received multiple awards, including the 2006 and 2009 Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award from UPMC and the 2010 William I. Cohen Teacher of the Year Award presented by the pediatric residents of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Lambore is the medical director of the Primary Care Center at Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, where he sees patients and precepts the residents.

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Jonathan Spahr, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics








A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Spahr completed his med-peds residency in 2002 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. In 2006, he completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric pulmonology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is currently an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Pediatric Pulmonology Division at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and his focus is on cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, and the transition of patients from childhood to adulthood. In July 2009, he was appointed program director of the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program.

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Gaurav Arora, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics








Dr. Arora received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed a med-peds residency and a pediatric cardiology fellowship. He currently serves as the associate director of electrophysiology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Cameron Dezfulian, MD

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics






Dr. Dezfulian received his MD from Duke University and trained in internal medicine-pediatrics at the University of Michigan. He then completed an adult, then pediatric critical care fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (adult) and Johns Hopkins (peds). His research during the five year fellowship was primarily at the NIH (NHLBI) and related to the use of nitrite therapy after cardiac arrest. This work serves as the underpinnings of his current NINDS funded career development award (K08) examining mechanisms of neuroprotection after cardiac arrest. Dr. Dezfulian was on faculty at the University of Miami and adjunct at the University of Florida before moving to the University of Pittsburgh where he attends in the medical and cardiovascular ICUs at UPMC Mercy and the Pediatric ICU at CHP. His lab is based out of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research where he is mentored by Robert S Clark. Dr. Dezfulian is also involved in examining post-resuscitation outcomes along with the EM PCAS group and developing translational projects looking at the effects of NOS mutations on microcirculation after resuscitation from cardiac arrest and septic shock.

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Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine

Associate Professor of Pediatrics






Dr. Elizabeth Miller is Chief of Adolescent Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Trained in medical anthropology as well as Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Miller’s research has included examination of sex trafficking among adolescents in Asia, teen dating abuse, and reproductive health, with a focus on underserved youth populations including pregnant and parenting teens, foster, homeless, and gang-affiliated youth. She is Chair of the Evaluation and Quality Panel of the National Assembly of School Based Health Care, Co-chair of the Violence Prevention Group of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and Co-chair of Advocacy Training for the Academic Pediatric Association. Her current research focuses on the impact of gender-based violence on young women’s reproductive health. She conducts research on brief clinical interventions to reduce partner violence and unintended pregnancy, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Justice. In addition, she is conducting a study of a sexual violence prevention program entitled “Coaching Boys into Men” which involves training coaches to talk to their young male athletes about stopping violence against women, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also involved in projects to reduce gender-based violence and improve adolescent and young adult women’s health in India and Japan.

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Keven Robinson, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics






Dr. Robinson completed her Med-Peds Residency at UPMC in 2008 and her combined adult and pediatric pulmonology fellowship at UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2014. Dr. Robinson 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.

Program Leadership






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Stephanie Dewar, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Associate Professor of Pediatrics




Stephanie B. Dewar, MD, whose medical degree is from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, returned to Pittsburgh from Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, where she was division director of the hospital's Diagnostic Referral Service. At Western Reserve Care System, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, she was program director of the pediatrics and the medicine/pediatrics residency programs.  She now serves as one of the co-program directors for the Pediatric Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Andrew J. Nowalk, MD, PhD

Co-Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Dr. Nowalk is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Chemistry and MD/PhD studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He graduated from Pitt in 1999, and then completed residency training in pediatrics in 2002 followed by a chief resident year in 2002-2003. He completed fellowship training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases in 2005 and joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. During his fellowship and as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in our Division of Infectious Diseases, he has carried out NIH-supported basic and clinical research on the diagnosis and pathogenesis of Lyme disease. In addition to his clinical and research activities, he is a member of the CHP IT Physician Advisory Group, Vice-President of the Children’s Hospital Medical Staff and an Advisory Dean for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He had been involved with the residency program in a variety of ways, including coordination of the Subspecialty Pathway and chair of the Clinical Competency Committee from 2012-2014. He now serves as Co-Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program.

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Jennifer Corbelli, MD

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Assistant Professor of Medicine




Jennifer Corbelli MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, clinician-educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the program director of the internal medicine residency. She is fellowship trained in both women’s health and medical education and has extensive teaching experience at both the national and local level. Her academic interests include curricular development and systematic review, and she co-directs a master's level course entitled "Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." She practices primary care medicine at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, with a particular focus on women’s health, and she regularly attends on the hospital service at UPMC Montefiore. Dr. Corbelli also has a special interest in care for the underserved.

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Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH

Falk Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine





Dr. Kapoor is internationally known as a leader in primary care, having served as president of the Society of General Internal Medicine. His research deals with the epidemiology of common medical problems such as pneumonia and syncope. In addition to directing the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) and the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), he co-directs the RAND–University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI) and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

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Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
Associate Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine




Dr. McNeil currently directs the clinical skills course for the second-year medical students, co-directs the third-year internal medicine clerkship, directs the Women's Health Area of Concentration for medical students, and serves as the faculty advisor to both the Honor Council and the SHARP Student Wellness Committee. She has served on the Admissions Committee for the School of Medicine and is currently the vice chair of the Student Promotions Committee. She is also active in both residency and fellowship education for the Department of Medicine, directing the Women's Health Track of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Women's Health Fellowship Program. Dr. McNeil is the associate chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and has been a long-standing member of the Department of Medicine Faculty Promotions Committee. She also serves as the chair of the Department of Medicine Women and Family Task Force.