Health Sciences Diversity

People

Zandrea Ambrose

Title(s): Faculty, Associate Professor

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Research Interests: HIV transmission, drug resistance, and persistence

zaa4@pitt.edu, 412-624-0512

Priyanka Amin

Title(s): Medical Student

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Mental health, LGBTQI health, sexual health, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, family planning

Research Interests: Sexual assault, medical education, LGBTQI health, qualitative research

priyanka.r.amin@gmail.com

Jonathan Baker, PA

Title(s): Physician Assistant

Affiliation(s): Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS Program

Clinical Interests: Anal Dysplasia/HPV, HIV/AIDS

Research Interests: HIV Biomedical Prevention, Rectal Microbicides, Preexposure Prophylaxis, Anal Dysplasia/HPV, Gardasil

bakerjr2@upmc.edu

Michele D. Baum

Preferred Pronouns: She, her, Ms.

Title(s): Senior Writer/Project Manager, Staff

Affiliation(s): Office of Academic Affairs, Health Sciences

Clinical Interests: All of it. If it happens at or with Pitt, I’ll write about bench science, translation, clinical care, health policy, and medical education. T1 to T4 and more!

mdb64@pitt.edu

Jenny Bender , MPH, BSN, RN

Title(s): Infection Preventionist

Affiliation(s): UPMC, WPIC

Clinical Interests: Infection Prevention in the behavioral health setting, Hepatitis C and HIV prevention

benderjn@upmc.edu , 412-586-9841

Andrew Brown, PhD

Title(s): Clinical Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s): Faculty, Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, Department of Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, sciVelo.

Clinical Interests: Andrew is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry and at the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration in the School of Dental Medicine. His research focuses on the development of new medical devices for dental bone grafting. Andrew is also the program manager for commercial translation at sciVelo, a group focused on accelerating commercial translation of Pitt Health Sciences’ research.

abrown@scivelo.pitt.edu

Mario C. Browne, MPH, CHES

Title(s): Staff: Director, Office of Health Sciences Diversity

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh, Schools of the Health Sciences

Clinical Interests: Behavioral & Community Health, Health Disparities & Health Equity. Available for individual and group support, as well as identification of both on-campus and community resources

mcb77@pitt.edu, 412-648-2066

Tamar Carmel, MD

Title(s): Clinical Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry; UPMC Psychiatry & Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Community Mental Health, Integrated Healthcare, Transgender Health, Medical Education

Research Interests: LGBTQ Mental Health + Dual Diagnosis, Transgender Health

tamar.carmel@gmail.com

Julie W. Childers, MD, MS

Title(s): Faculty, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Affiliation(s): Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics

Clinical Interests: Motivational interviewing. Communication at the end of life. Treating addiction and pain in individuals with addiction and opioid misuse.

childersjw2@upmc.edu

Cindy Chou

Title(s): Resident

Affiliation(s): UPMC/WPIC

Clinical Interests: Psychiatry; behavioral neuroscience

chous@upmc.edu

Franklyn Cladis, MD

Title(s): Associate Professor of Anesthesiology; Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Affiliation(s): Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatric Pain Medicine, Pediatric blood conservation, Craniofacial Anesthesia

cladfp@upmc.edu

Amy Collins, MD

Title(s): PL-2 Resident

Affiliation(s): Department of Pediatrics Residency Program, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Clinical Interests: Adolescent and young adult health, reproductive health and family planning, medical education, LGBT health

amy.collins@chp.edu

Timothy E. Corcoran, PhD

Title(s): Associate Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering

Affiliation(s): Faculty, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Aerosol drug delivery, functional imaging of the lung, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant.

corcorante@upmc.edu, 412-624-8918

Robert W. S. Coulter, PhD, MPH

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His

Title(s): Postdoctoral Scholar

Affiliation(s): Clinical and Translational Science Institute, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: My research broadly focuses on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and young adults. Three common threads of my work include: (1) assessing LGBT health inequities; (2) investigating causes of such inequities; and (3) evaluating programs that aim to reduce these inequities. In particular, I seek to explain why substance use inequities exist for LGBT people compared with their cisgender heterosexual counterparts. This research emphasizes interpersonal factors (such as violence and support) and structural factors (such as LGBT inclusivity). Conversely, my research focuses on making less harmful and more inclusive social environments to improve health for LGBT youth. I utilize a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to accomplish these goals, and have a strong commitment to health equity for LGBT populations.

Robert.ws.coulter@pitt.edu

Colby Croft, MD

Title(s): Psychiatry Resident

Affiliation(s): University of California, San Francisco (Formerly University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

Clinical Interests: Mental health, LGBT mental health, motivational interviewing, health promotion of sexual minority youth, sexual health

Research Interests: LGBT health issues in medical education, LGBT mental health, health promotion of sexual minority youth

colbycroft@gmail.com

Christopher N. David

Title(s): Medical Student

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. National Institute of Mental Health, Child Psychiatry Branch. Cornell University, Department of Psychology.

Clinical Interests: LGBTQI- Care for the Underserved, Depression, Anxiety, Adolescent Medicine in High-Risk Populations.

Research Interests: PARKIN-PINK-1 Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Neurobiology of Early Onset Psychosis, Prevention of Depression, Medical Education.

Christopher.n.david@gmail.com

Paula K. Davis, MA

Title(s): Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh, Schools of the Health Sciences

Clinical Interests: Available for individual and group support, as well as identification of both on-campus and community resources

pkd100@pitt.edu, 412-648-2066

Cherie Priya Dhar, MD

Title(s): Attending, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Affiliation(s): Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Research Interests: Reproductive Health, Adolescent Immigrant Health

cherie.dhar@chp.edu, 412-692-6677

Brad DiCianno, MD

Title(s): Associate Professor

Affiliation(s): Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests: Spina bifida and other complex disabilities, assistive technology

Research Interests: My research interests focus on developing and studying interventions targeted to improving health and wellness in individuals with complex disabilities, including spina bifida (wheelchairs, adaptive sports, telemedicine, virtual reality, and preventative care programs). I also provide clinical care to individuals with complex disabilities, which includes care related to sexual, bladder and bowel function as it relates to neurological conditions and disability.

Dicianno@pitt.edu

Robert DiFazio

Title(s): Graduate Student Researcher

Affiliation(s): Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Center for Vaccine Research

Research Interests: Infectious disease & public health, Vaccine immunology, Biotechnology I've been with Pitt's School of Medicine since June of 2012 and OUT for six years. I'm working on a PhD in microbiology and immunology in JoAnne Flynn's lab, where I'm developing new technology to evaluate drugs and vaccines for tuberculosis. I look forward to creating a strong network of LGBTQI people within Pitt SOM and UPMC!

rod28@pitt.edu

Richard A. DiTommaso

Title(s): Executive Director

Affiliation(s): Community LIFE/Pittsburgh Care Partnership

Clinical Interests: Chronic Care Management Models, Alternative Payment Models, Disabled and Elderly Populations, Long Term Care. Community LIFE is a Program of All Inclusive Care for the elderly which provides a nursing home alternative to chronically ill, frail elders. Under a joint Medicare and Medicaid capitated payment model, we provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation, and social services through our neighborhood Day/Health Centers, plus transportation and in-home care. I have worked on other chronic care management models and have an interest in seeing PACE-like concepts extended to other populations.

ditora@upmc.edu

Michele L. Dorfsman , MD

Preferred Pronouns: She

Title(s): Program Director, University of Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Residency

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Education research; Development of online education modules; Teaching how to teach; Development of Educational Porfolios; Faculty Development (esp. Junior Faculty); Coaching

dorfsmanml@upmc.edu

Elliot Kale Edmiston, PhD

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His

Title(s): Fellow

Affiliation(s): Postdoc, Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Interests: Visual processing in anxiety, multimodal MRI, transgender health disparities and healthcare access. Kale Edmiston is the co-founder of The Trans Buddy Program, the first trans-founded and trans-led patient advocacy program for transgender people. He was a Point Scholar and was the first out transgender person to complete a PhD at Vanderbilt University, in 2015.

edmistonk@upmc.edu

Kristen Ann Ehrenberger, MD, PhD

Title(s): Resident, Instructor

Affiliation(s): UPMC/CHP

Clinical Interests: Med Peds, complex care, special needs Research Interests: history of medicine, medical education, social media.

ehrenbergerka@upmc.edu

Rebecca Emery, MS

Title(s): Doctoral Student in Clinical Health Psychology

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh, Psychology Department and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Psychiatry Department

Clinical Interests: I specialize in women’s health issues and am broadly interested in using behavioral medicine intervention to improve treatment outcomes in eating and weight disorders. I have a secondary interest in addictive processes and health behaviors during the pregnant and postpartum periods.

rle21@pitt.edu

Morgan Faeder, MD, PhD

Title(s): Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry; UPMC Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison Service

Clinical Interests: The intersection of psychiatry and neurology; neurodegenerative disorders; psychosomatic medicine; medical education; diversity and inclusion in medical education; community psychiatry and care for underserved populations.

faedersm@upmc.edu

Paulo Fontes, MD, FACS

Title(s): Professor of Surgery, Director, Machine Perfusion Program, Starzl Transplantation Institute, Department of Surgery, UPMC, Deputy Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, School of Medicine, U Pitt.

Affiliation(s): Faculty, Starzl Transplantation Institute, Department of Surgery, UPMC and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, VirTech Bio, Natick, MA

Clinical Interests: Organ and tissue preservation; Biomarkers; Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOC); Hepatocyte transplantation; Sonothrombolysis; Sonoporation.

fontesp@upmc.edu

Erick Forno, MD, MPH

Title(s): Faculty, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy, and Immunology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Clinical Interests: Pediatric asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other respiratory diseases in children.

Research Interests: Pediatric asthma epidemiology, risk factors, genetics, and epigenetics. Childhood obesity and asthma. Childhood asthma disparities.

erf30@pitt.edu

Laurence E. Friedman, MD, FACP

Preferred Pronouns: Dr.

Title(s): Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Renal-Electrolyte Division, Department of Medicine

Affiliation(s): UPMC

friedmanle@upmc.edu

Melanie A. Gold , DO

Title(s): Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Staff Physician, Division of Student Affairs, University of Pittsburgh Student Health Service

Affiliation(s): Faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Adjunct appointment in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health Sciences; Board member at Persad.

Clinical Interests: Adolescent medicine, medical hypnosis, motivational interviewing, medical acupuncture, contraception and family planning, STD diagnosis and treatment, travel medicine, transgender hormonal care, eating disorder care, mental health Motivational interviewing to facilitate health behavior change in youth

Research Interests: Motivational interviewing to facilitate health behavior change in youth I teach at the first year medical student workshop at the school of medicine's orientation on gender identity and sexual orientation as well as the second year medical student workshop on Human Sexuality as part of the Reproductive Biology and Development course. I also teach the mini-sexual health workshop segment on adolescent sexuality. I was raised by a gay dad and lesbian mom outside NYC in the 1960's - 70's and got my first education on GLBTQIA issues from them and their friends.

magold@pitt.edu

Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, MS

Title(s): Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Affiliation(s): Faculty, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Pediatrics

Clinical Interests: Women’s Health, Adolescents and adults with complex pediatric onset medical problems, Medical education, Diversity in the Physician Workforce. In 2008, she was appointed the internal medicine-pediatrics residency program director, and under her leadership has developed one of the most competitive med-peds programs in the country. She was recognized by the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association for her leadership and commitment to the field by being elected Secretary-Treasurer of the organization in 2012 for a four-year term. Her educational scholarly focuses are in teaching doctor-patient communication skills, addressing unconscious bias in clinical reasoning, teaching quality improvement methodology during residency training, and recruitment, retention, and mentorship of under-represented minority students and physicians. She presented her scholarly work at over 15 national meetings. In 2015 she was the School of Medicine’s nominee for the National Arnold P. Gold Humanism Award, and she won the UPSOM SNMA Black Bag award in 2016 for her support of the organization.

gonzagaa@upmc.edu

Joanne L. Goodall , MSN, CRNP

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner

Affiliation(s): Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health/ CHP/UPMC

Clinical Interests: Transgender care for youth up to age 26

Joanne.goodall@chp.edu

Lorin B. Grieve

Preferred Pronouns: Ve/Ver/Verself

Title(s): Faculty, Instructor

Affiliation(s): Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Clinical Interests: Gamification and educational technologies. Completed LGBTQIA diversity training to be a student resource on campus.

loringrieve@gmail.com

Lloyd Harvey

Title(s): MD & PhD Candidate

Affiliation(s): Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh

Clinical Interests: Molecular pharmacology

Harvey.Lloyd@medstudent.pitt.edu

Alexander Heit

Title(s): Candidate, Master of Public Administration, 2014

Affiliation(s): Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Graduate School of Public Health

Clinical Interests: HIV/AIDS Policy, Mental Health


Research Interests: HIV/AIDS Policy, Mental Health


ash78@pitt.edu, 412.576.6129

Alejandro Hoberman, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science, Jack L. Paradise Professor of Pediatric Research, Vice Chair for Clinical Research

Affiliation(s): Faculty, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Frequently occurring pediatric infections such as otitis media, urinary tract infections.

hoberman@chp.edu

Dena Hofkosh, MD, MEd

Title(s): Faculty, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Associate Vice Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Chair, PRIDE Health Steering Comm

Affiliation(s): Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Medical Education, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

dena.hofkosh@chp.edu, 412 692-6541

Shane Jeffers, MD

Preferred Pronouns: Male

Title(s): Resident

Affiliation(s): UPMC McKeesport Family Medicine

Clinical Interests: Obesity medicine and lifestyle modification for early disease prevention

Jefferssm@upmc.edu

Jordan F. Karp, MD

Title(s): Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, and Clinical and Translational Science

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Clinical Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Pain

Research Interests: Depression, Sleep, Pain, Geriatrics, Prevention of Depression, Education

karpjf@upmc.edu

Dio Kavalieratos, PhD

Title(s): Assistant Professor of Medicine & Clinical and Translational Sciences; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Affiliation(s): Center for Research on Health Care: Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics; Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clinical Interests: Palliative and supportive care; patient-reported outcomes and measures; patient-centered outcomes research; comparative effectiveness research; clinical IT integration; patient and provider decision-making; qualitative methods

Research Interests: Palliative and supportive care; patient-reported outcomes and measures; patient-centered outcomes research; comparative effectiveness research; clinical IT integration; patient and provider decision-making; qualitative methods

diok@pitt.edu

Em Ketterer, MD

Title(s): PGY-4 Family Medicine and Psychiatry

Affiliation(s): UPMC St. Margaret, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Clinical Interests: LARC methods, family planning, LGBTQI health, trauma, contraceptive use/access in the seriously mentally ill, income inequality and social determinants of health

Research Interests: LARC methods, family planning, LGBTQI health, trauma, contraceptive use/access in the seriously mentally ill, income inequality and social determinants of health

kettererea@upmc.edu

Suzanne Kinsky, MPH

Title(s): Graduate Student Researcher

Affiliation(s): Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health; Center for LGBT Health Research

Research Interests: Evaluation of HIV prevention and care services, structural determinants of health, lesbian and women's health issues I'm Secretary of the Board of The Open Door, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA and a Board member of Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama in Montgomery, AL

Gerhardt Konig, MD

Title(s): Clinical Instructor and Staff Anesthesiologist

Affiliation(s): Faculty, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology

Clinical Interests: Autonomous control of fluid and blood product administration; perioperative technology.

konigg@upmc.edu

Daniel Kun

Title(s): Patient Access Coordinator

Affiliation(s): I work in patient/consumer registration at Resolve Crisis Network. I am also a dual major at University of Pittsburgh; Social Work and Anthropology. I will graduate from Pitt in spring of 2017 with Social Work degree, and in 2018 with Anthropology degree.

Clinical Interests: I am very interested in social research in any shape. If there is availability please contact me. I plan on obtaining my PhD in either Social Work or Sociology. I am interested in working with drug problems either in a micro sense (one on one) or with communities.

kund@upmc.edu

Jessica A. Lee, MD

Title(s): Resident

Affiliation(s): Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

Clinical Interests: Transgender surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery

Lindsay Leikam, MD

Title(s): PGY-1 Resident

Affiliation(s): UPMC/WPIC/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Triple Board Residency Program

Clinical Interests: LGBT adolescent primary care and psychiatry, mental health in chronically ill children/teens, summer camps for children with chronic illness, medical education.

leikamlm@upmc.edu

Paula Leslie, PhD, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP

Title(s): Professor, Communication Science & Disorders

Affiliation(s): Faculty. University of Pittsburgh School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, American Speech-language-hearing Association, Royal College Speech & Language Therapists, UK

Clinical Interests: The process of clinical decision making, health professionals' education and non-traditional routes to advanced clinical training. I contribute to continuing education on complex clinical decision making, ethics and end of life decisions in vulnerable populations, or as I like to say “the messy gray areas” that we were never taught about in school.

Research Interests: Broadly eating and drinking disorders and associated patient/caregiver issues. https://www.shrs.pitt.edu/pleslie/

Paula.Leslie@pitt.edu

Joseph E. Losee, MD

Title(s): Ross H. Musgrave Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Executive Vice-Chair and Program Director, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Division Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPM

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicin

Clinical Interests: Dr. Losee’s basic science research is focused on bone and suture regulation, as well as skull defects in infants; and, he is a Co-PI of an NIH RO1 clinical grant investigating the treatment of ear disease in cleft palate patients

Research Interests: Dr. Losee’s basic science research is focused on bone and suture regulation, as well as skull defects in infants; and, he is a Co-PI of an NIH RO1 clinical grant investigating the treatment of ear disease in cleft palate patients

Derrick D. Matthews, PhD,MPH

Title(s): Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Center for LGBT Health Research

Research Interests: The HIV epidemic among Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the US; LGBT health behavior; racial health disparities; intersectional approaches to understanding and ending health disparities. I’m the Immediate Past-Chair for APHA’s LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals, where we strive to provide a collaborative space for research, practice, and mentorship. If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out.

derrick.matthews@pitt.edu, 412-624-3124

Brett McAnnich, MD

Title(s): Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Affiliation(s): Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Medical Education and Medical Simulation

Brett.McAninch@chp.edu

Heather L. McCauley, ScD

Title(s): Adjunct Assistant Professor (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine); Assistant Professor (tenure track) (MSU)

Affiliation(s): Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Michigan State University

Research Interests: Sexual and reproductive health impacts of intimate partner violence and sexual assault; Impacts of social settings and social networks on risk for violence and poor health among vulnerable youth; Clinic- and community-based interventions to prevent sexual violence

mccaul49@hdfs.msu.edu

Ann McCurdy, MSW, LSW

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Title(s): Clinical Social Worker

Affiliation(s): Staff, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Clinical Interests: Integrated Health Care; Mental Health for Adolescents, Young Adults, LGBTQ+, Homeless, & At-Risk youth involved in the Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Service Systems.

ann.mccurdy@chp.edu

John Merriman, PhD, RN

Title(s): Postdoctoral Associate

Affiliation(s): School of Nursing

Research Interests: Cognitive changes related to cancer and its treatment

jdm150@pitt.edu

John Mission, MD

Title(s): Fellow, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Affiliation(s): Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC

Clinical Interests: High-risk obstetrics

Research Interests: Cost-effectiveness analysis, perinatal epidemiology

Gerald T. Montano, DO, MS

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him His

Title(s): Clinical Instructor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Health and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Clinical Interests: Clinically, I have expertise in adolescent and young adult health, long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), mental health, eating disorders, and care for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. The theme of my research is fostering the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth by improving parent-child relationships. Additionally, I am interested in improving and streamlining the medical management of transgender and gender non-conforming youth.

gerald.montano@chp.edu

Peter Murray, MD

Title(s): Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh; Director, WPIC Psychiatry Resident rotation in Emergency Psychiatry

Affiliation(s): Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC)

Clinical Interests: Emergency Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry

murraypd@upmc.edu

Sanjay Naran, MD

Title(s): Resident, Department of Plastic Surgery

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Clinical Interests: Cleft-Craniofacial, Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Research Interests: Cleft-Craniofacial, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial Bone Biology

narans@upmc.edu

Michael W. Neft , DNP, MHA, RN, CRNA, FNAP, FAAN

Preferred Pronouns: Male

Title(s): Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia

Affiliation(s): School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC

Clinical Interests: Substance Use Disorders in Nurses; Intraoperative Recall; Crisis Stress Management

neftm@pitt.edu

Joshua Niznik, PharmD

Title(s): PhD Student

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Clinical Interests: Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research, Medicare Administrative Data Research, Medication Utilization and Prescribing, Older Adults, Aging, Dementia

jdn18@pitt.edu

Lindsay Onufer

Title(s): Program Manager, Inclusion Initiatives

Affiliation(s): Staff, Center for Engagement and Inclusion, UPMC

Clinical Interests: Clinical and/or research interests: I am in the process of developing internal training related to unconscious bias for UPMC, and will be creating training about working with and providing care to LGBTQ populations sometime this year. Additionally, I established Point Park University’s SafeZone program, and am a chapter leader with Gay for Good: Pittsburgh

onuferl@upmc.edu

Roberto Ortiz-Aguayo, MD, MMM, FAAP, FAPM

Title(s): Faculty, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Clinical Director, Behavioral Science Division Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Associate Director, Triple Board Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Affiliation(s): Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: General Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Systems of Care, Physician Wellness, Graduate Medical Education

ortirx@upmc.edu

Lisa Pan, MD

Title(s): Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s): Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Interests: Adolescent suicide prevention and treatment.

Research Interests: Suicidology, Neuroimaging, Metabolomics, Inborn errors of metabolism contributing to depression and suicidal behavior

thomasla@upmc.edu

Yasaswi Paruchuri, MD

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

Title(s): Resident

Affiliation(s): OB/GYN at Magee Women's Hospital

Clinical Interests: Maternal morbidity and mortality, population health, critical care in obstetrics.

paruchuriy@mail.magee.edu

Kara Mackinson Peters, LSW, MPH

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Title(s): Transition Care Coordinator/Social Worker

Affiliation(s): Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Clinical Interests: Adolescent mental health; integrated health care.

kara.mackinson@chp.edu

Marcus A. Poindexter, LSW, HSV

Title(s): Student

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work & Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Clinical Interests: Diabetes, Health Equity; Race, Racism, & Discrimination on Health Outcomes, HIV, Mental Health & Coping, African American Health and LGBT Health and Wellness.

map238@pitt.edu

Sandeep Puranik, MD

Title(s): Fellow, Pediatric Pulmonology

Affiliation(s): Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Clinical Interests: Respiratory care in children with neuromuscular weakness, asthma, respiratory physiology, chronic mechanical ventilation, sleep physiology, cystic fibrosis, Childhood interstitial lung diseases, clinical research.

sandeep.puranik@chp.edu

Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD

Title(s): UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry

Affiliation(s): Director, Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research for Late Life Depression Director, Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, and Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine www.aging.upmc.com

Clinical Interests: Mental Health and Aging

reynoldscf@upmc.edu

Linda (Lyn) Barry Robertson, RN, MSN, DrPH

Title(s): Associate Director, Health Equity, Education and Advocacy

Affiliation(s): Faculty, University of Pittsburgh, UPCI/UPMC Cancer Center

Clinical Interests: Health care disparities; Decision making; HPV vaccine uptake; Cancer screening and risk assessment; Underserved populations Several years ago spent three days being educated regarding health care and LGBT populations. We were approached and asked to participate as a preferred provider

robertsonlk@upmc.edu

Dana Rofey

Title(s): Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, & Psychology

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic

Clinical Interests: Obesity and gender expansive youth.

Research Interests: Obesity and gender expansive youth.

rofeydl@upmc.edu

John Ryan

Title(s): Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s): Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Interests: Insulin resistance, central control of autonomic function, brain imaging

Research Interests: Insulin resistance, central control of autonomic function, brain imaging

ryanjp@upmc.edu

Jordan M. Sang, MPH

Title(s): PhD Candidate and Research Assistant

Affiliation(s): Student, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. Center for LGBT Health Research

Clinical Interests: LGBTQ health disparities, social inequities, HIV/AIDS, mental health, sexual health, gender & sexuality, biomedical ethics

Jms567@pitt.edu

Martin C. Schmidt, PhD

Title(s): Faculty, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Affiliation(s): Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Glucose sensing and signal transduction using yeast as a model system.

mcs2@pitt.edu

Gina Sequeira, MD

Title(s): Resident, General Pediatrics

Affiliation(s): Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Clinical Interests: LGBT Health, Transgender Care, Adolescent Medicine, Community Health

gina.sequeira@chp.edu

Michelle Shultz

Title(s): Project Coordinator

Affiliation(s): UPMC/WPIC

Research Interests: Things to Know: I have a background in public health and currently coordinate multiple research studies aiming to better understand the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. I am excited to be part of PUHSLA to support the LGBT community and promote an LGBT-friendly campus at UPMC and Pitt.

shultzm@upmc.edu

Ben Skinker, MD

Affiliation(s): Faculty, UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Primary care, Sexual Minorities, Postgraduate Education, HIV clinical care

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Ron Stall, PhD, MPH

Title(s): Professor and Associate Chair for Science, Director Center for LGBT Health Research

Affiliation(s): Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health

Research Interests: Ron Stall is currently Professor and Associate Chair for Science in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health and Director of the Center for LGBT Health Research. Ron began conducting HIV research in 1984 when he started working with the AIDS Behavioral Research Project, the first longitudinal study of AIDS risk-taking behaviors in the world. Since that time he has published over 195 peer-reviewed scientific papers on many different aspects of the AIDS epidemic, including substance abuse epidemiology and its interconnections with HIV risk among gay men, AIDS risk-taking behaviors across the life course, and the epidemiology of psychosocial health epidemics among gay men, among many other topics. Recently, Stall has become interested in the combined effects of multiple psychosocial epidemics, or “syndemics” in driving HIV risk. His team is now working on a set of analyses to study how structural factors increase the prevalence of syndemic conditions among gay men and their relationship to the development of psychosocial health problems and how the study of syndemics might be used to inform combination HIV prevention models. Other NIH-funded RO1 projects on which Stall is working in collaboration with colleagues at the Center for LGBT Health Research include a major study of HIV risk among Black gay men, trajectories of successful aging among older gay men, the structural effects of laws governing citizenship rights of LGBT people on HIV incidence and survival among gay men and a study of short term PrEP use. Stall is also the PI of two training grants: a T32 to mentor pre- and post-doctoral scholars in HIV prevention research and an international training program to mentor scholars from the developing world in HIV prevention research. Stall is the 1999 recipient of the Chuck Frutchey Board of Directors Award from STOP AIDS/San Francisco, is listed as one of the most highly cited behavioral science researchers in the world in the ISI Most Highly Cited website, received the 2005 CDC/ATSDR Honor Award for Public Health Epidemiology and Laboratory Research and was inducted into Delta Omega (a public health honor society) in 2006.

rstall@pitt.edu

Beth Stepanczuk , MD

Title(s): Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s): Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests: Stroke rehabilitation, adult cerebral palsy, spasticity management, patient safety in health care.

Research Interests: Transitional care for young adults with disabilities.

stepanczukbc@upmc.edu

Kristen Stepanczuk

Title(s): Psychiatric Specialty Counselor

Affiliation(s): West Virginia University, Bloomsburg University

Clinical Interests: Currently I work with Comprehensive Recovery Services, an out-patient clinic that serves adults having psychotic and mood disorders.

Research Interests: Positive Psychology & Wellness, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Biofeedback Training

stepanczukk@upmc.edu

Kurt F. Summersgill, DDS, PhD

Title(s): Associate Professor, Program Director, Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, UPMC Medical Education

Clinical Interests: Oral Medicine (xerostomia, auto-immune disease, oral ulceration, non-dental oral abnormalities)

Research Interests: HPV in oropharyngeal carcinoma, Oral Leukoplakia, odontogenic tumors

kfs8@pitt.edu, 412-648-8635

Kathleen E. Sweeney, DO

Preferred Pronouns: She

Title(s): Faculty

Affiliation(s): UPMC Altoona

Clinical Interests: Full scope continuity family medicine -inpatient and outpatient and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Sweeneyke4@upmc.edu

Emanuel N. Vergis

Title(s): Associate Professor of Medicine

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Clinical Interests: HIV disease management, General infectious diseases

Research Interests: Secondary prevention in HIV-positive individuals, Behavioral interventions for HIV-positive individuals

verge@pitt.edu

Judith K. Volkar, MD

Title(s): Facutly, Quality Director Department Ob/Gyn, Physician Midlife Center, Assistant Professor Department Ob/Gyn

Affiliation(s): Magee Womens Hospital Department Ob/Gyn

Clinical Interests: Menopause and Sexual Health

volkarjk2@upmc.edu

Thomas C. Waters

Title(s): Director of New Media

Affiliation(s): Staff, School of Pharmacy

Clinical Interests: Technology in Education. I blog about LGBTQ issues at http://thomascwaters.com

waterstc@pitt.edu

Brian Wiacek

Title(s): DMD Student

Affiliation(s): University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Clinical Interests: General Dentistry

bmw46@pitt.edu

Lee K. Wolfson, M.Ed

Title(s): Medical School Psychologist

Affiliation(s): Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Interests: Providing psychological services to medical students. Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Mindfulness in Medicine

lkw2@pitt.edu

BIll J. Yates, PhD

Title(s): Faculty, Professor of Otolaryngology

Affiliation(s): Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: I have been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh since 1994. Throughout my tenure at the University, my efforts have been divided between research, administrative, and educational activities. I have received continuous NIH R01 funding since 1990 for my research on vestibular system influences on autonomic responses. I teach extensively in two medical school courses, and am director and principal lecturer for an Honors College Course on Human Physiology. I received the 2010 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award for these educational efforts. I am the former chair of the University’s IACUC, and for the past decade have co-directed the Research Conduct and Compliance Office (rcco.pitt.edu). I am editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology (jn.org). I am also an active member of several professional societies, and am currently a Council member for the American Physiological Society and a Board member for the research advocacy organization Americans for Medical Progress. I was previously a chartered member of the NIH Sensorimotor Integration Study Section, and was recently appointed as a member of an oversight committee for the National Library of Medicine.

byates@pitt.edu

Mazen S. Zenati, MD, MPH, PhD

Title(s): Associate Professor of Surgery, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science

Affiliation(s): Faculty, Department of Surgery and Epidemiology

Clinical Interests: Injury, Trauma, Critical Care, Chronic Diseases, Cancer and Nitration, Methodologist, Epidemiologist and Biostatistician

Zenatims@upmc.edu