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 she directs a transitional care clinic for adult patients with disabilities at UPMC Montefiore. She is actively involved in resident education in both the outpatient and inpatient settings and serves as the faculty advisor to all the med-peds residents.

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.

Med-Peds Faculty

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Reed Van Deusen, MD, MS

Associate Program Director, UPMC Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Training Program






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. He is coordinating the med-peds clinic at the Turtle Creek Satellite Office and he serves as a clinical preceptor there.

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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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Alexandra Mieckowski, MD








Dr. Mieczkowski is a 2013 graduate of the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program. She is an instructor who is in the midst of her general academic fellowship. Her scholarly work focuses in the area of resident autonomy. She is a preceptor at our combined med-peds continuity clinic and she is the faculty coordinator of our Med-Peds Journal Club.

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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. In the future he hopes to join the transitional care practice at UPMC Montefiore.

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Megan Murphree, MD






Dr. Murphree is a 2012 graduate of the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program. She is an Instructor of Pediatrics. She works in the urgent care track (“Fast Track”) of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Emergency Department and as a preceptor at the UPMC Med-Peds Clinic.

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Anna Lewarchik, MD








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).

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Sanjay Lambore, MD

Medical Director, Primary Care Center at Turtle Creek, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC





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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Stephen Cook, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics







Dr. Cook received his MD from Boston University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency in 2001 at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. In 2006, he completed training in Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Cardiovascular Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Cook then served as the Director of Non-invasive Imaging and Research for the Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart (COACH) Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Cook joined the faculty at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and UPMC Presbyterian in March 2011 as the Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center. Dr. Cook is a member of the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology (AARCC), a multicenter initiative developed to sustain collaborative research efforts among adult congenital programs.

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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.

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 Pediatircs


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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Shanta M. Zimmer, MD

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Associate Professor of Medicine




Dr. Zimmer completed her medical school and internal medicine residency training at Emory University in Atlanta. She served as chief resident in internal medicine at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and then completed an infectious diseases fellowship in which she studied the innate immune response to Neisseria meningitidis. Dr. Zimmer joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in January 2009 as the director of the Translational Research Track for the Master of Science Program in Clinical and Translational Research at the Institute for Clinical Research Education. Her research interests include modeling of infectious diseases and vaccine-preventable diseases. Passionate about the education of medical students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Zimmer joined us as program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program in the summer of 2010.

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Alejandro Hoberman, MD

Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC





Dr. Hoberman is the chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics and is a leader in clinical research and teaching in general pediatrics.

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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

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.