Medicine Residency

Department of Medicine

 Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program 


Program Directors



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.


John Szymusiak, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics


Dr. Szymusiak is a 2014 graduate of the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program. He completed his general academic fellowship, earning his Masters of Science in Medical Education at UPMC in 2017. His scholarly work focuses on patient safety and medical error reporting. He works as a Med-Peds hospitalist, within the Division of General Internal Medicine, at UPMC Presbyterian and at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, within the  Paul C Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service.


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

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


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 serves as one the advisors for our residents, and he has mentored several med-peds residents in their scholarly projects.  In 2017, he won the William I. Cohen Excellence in Teaching Award from the pediatric residents. He is the program director of the new pediatrics hospitalist fellowship at CHP.


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 and is one of the physicians in our Adult Down Syndrome Center.


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.



Christina Imming, MD



Dr. Imming is a 2017 graduate of the UPMC Med-Peds Residency Program.  Collaborating with Dr. Stacey Cook, she will launching the Children's Hopsital of Pittsburgh Complex Care Clinic 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.  She will also be working as an academic hospitalist within CHP's Paul C Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service.


Deanna Wilson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics


Dr. Wilson is a grade of Yale University Medical School and of the Johns Hopkins University med-peds residency program.  Shen went on to serve as a fellow in the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training program and a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  She is a dedicated public health advocate in the community setting. She took a year during medical school to design and implement a community-feeding program for mothers and infants in rural Honduras. During her fellowship, she designed the Hospital-based Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative to address the epidemic of overdose deaths in Baltimore. She has also served as community educator and clinical advisor for the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition, and provided clinical direction and leadership for the Behavioral Health Leadership Institute.  Dr. Wilson has received a KL2 Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Award, and has sees patients in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Gaurav Arora, MD

Associate 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.


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.


Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

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.


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.



Gena Walker, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Hospital Medicine for the Division of General Internal Medicine



Dr. Walker earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from West Virginia University and is a  graduate of the class of 2004 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medicine – Pediatrics program.  Since graduating, she has worked as a hospitalist in both academic and private practice models.  In March 2018, Dr. Walker returned to UPMC as the director of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.  Her areas of interest include process improvement, patient safety and patient experience.


Alison Culyba, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Professor of Public Health


Dr. Culyba received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and her MPH from Harvard University in 2006. She completed med-peds residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She completed adolescent medicine fellowship at the Children’s HosDr WPennsylvania in 2016. She joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 as an adolescent medicine physician and youth violence prevention researcher. Her research focuses on the role of families and communities in protecting youth from violence perpetration and victimization. She enjoys teaching and precepting residents during their adolescent medicine rotations.


Gregory Burg, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Dr. Burg completed his Med-Peds residency at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans/LSUHSC-New Orleans (2011-2015) prior to fellowship training in Clinical Pharmacology (2016-2018) and Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine (2015-2018) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  Dr. Burg is a native Pittsburgher and returned to his hometown to join the Division of Pulmonary Medicine with a focus on pediatric lung transplantation and bronchoscopy/aerodigestive disorders.


Emily Brunner, DO

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine


Dr. Brunner completed her Med-Peds residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, and subsequently her combined rheumatology fellowship at UPMC and CHP.  In the fall of 2018, she began working in both departments caring for children and adults, as well as starting “young adult” clinic at the UPMC Lupus Center of Excellence.


Allie Dakroub, MD

Clinical Instructor of Medicine


Dr. Allie Dakroub received his MD from the University of Michigan and completed his Med-Peds residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center.  He distinguished himself while in residency by earning the Resident Educator of the Year award in 3 consecutive years!  Additionally, during his residency, he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  After residency he worked for one year as Med-Peds faculty at Wayne State.  At the end of that year he won the Paul E. Ruble Faculty Teaching Award for Resident Education, a prestigious teaching award that is awarded by residents to 1 faculty member, yearly.  Dr. Dakroub is currently earning his Masters of Medical Education as an ACES fellow in the Med-Peds track.  His academic interest is curriculum implementation he is heavily involved with research in gaming in medical education.